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Newly elected Katko to serve on two House committees

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Republican John Katko celebrates his victory on election night. (file photo)

Congressman-elect John Katko is finding out more about what his responsibilities will be when he is sworn in to the House of Representatives in January.

It won't become official until next week, but preliminarily it appears that Katko will serve on two committees, Homeland Security and the Transportation and Infrastructure committees. The first plays to the Republican's experience as a former federal prosecutor, as Katko dealt with border issues while working in El Paso.

Meanwhile, the transportation committee appropriates federal funds to road projects like the reconstruction of Interstate 81, one of the biggest pending issues for the Syracuse area. The freshman lawmaker will join Rep. Richard Hanna, also a Republican representing central New York, on the transportation committee.

Katko was elected to the 24th Congressional District in November, when he defeated Democrat Dan Maffei.